I wrote this for another website and am adapting it for this forum... ABOUT THE PHOTOS: The photo service where I posted them has shut down. I don't know where the photos are now. The computer that held them in its hard drive is currently inoperable. If I can find them on a disk I will repost them. If not, I'll visit Riverside and take some new ones. Port Orleans Riverside (formerly Dixie Landings) 1251 Dixie Drive Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830 (407) 934-6000 Fax: (407) 934-5777 For reservations call: (407) 934-7639 Port Orleans Riverside Resort Facts Opening Date: February 2, 1992 (as Dixie Landings Resort) Category: Moderate Rooms: 2,048 (entire complex has 3,056 rooms) Levels: Alligator Bayou guest buildings have 2 levels; Magnolia Bend guest buildings have 2 or 3 levels. Port Orleans Riverside is the largest section of the Port Orleans Resort Complex. The smaller section, with its own different theme, is Port Orleans French Quarter. The Port Orleans complex was formed by the merger of the Dixie Landings Resort and the Port Orleans Resort in March 2001. Each section is treated as a separate resort by Central Reservations and each has its own check-in desk and features. Guests staying at French Quarter may use the amenities at Riverside and vice versa. Room Categories: Standard and water view. Standard view will overlook a parking lot, trees, or other buildings. Water view can overlook the river or a swimming pool. All rooms are approximately 314 sq. ft. Extra charge for water view rooms. Most rooms have two double beds. Rooms with king beds are available in both standard and water view but will cost the same as a water view room. Port Orleans Riverside is located in the Downtown Disney Resort Area. Epcot is the closest theme park. Typhoon Lagoon is the closest water park. Transportation to Disney Attractions: A shuttle boat runs nightly on the Sassagoula River to Downtown Disney, which is also serviced by bus. Bus to all other destinations. 4 bus stops, transportation shared with French Quarter. GUIDE TO THE SASSAGOULA STEAMBOAT COMPANY Riverside’s main building is designed as an old cotton mill and riverboat depot. The resort is situated on the Sassagoula River, which runs into Lake Buena Vista at Downtown Disney. Fultons General Store is located off the lobby. DINING AT PORT ORLEANS RIVERSIDE The Riverside Mill food court has five counter-service areas. Boatwrights Dining Hall is the only full-service restaurant at the Port Orleans resort complex. French Quarter guests (when there are French Quarter guests) may walk to Riverside along the river or take a shuttle boat to eat at Boatwrights. The River Roost lounge offers specialty drinks, appetizers, and musical entertainment in the evenings. GUIDE TO PORT ORLEANS RIVERSIDE GUEST AREAS Riverside divides its rooms between two uniquely themed sections. Alligator Bayou is the backwoods “swamp” area. It is made up of 16 separate small buildings with two stories and tin roofs. Smoking is permitted in Buildings 17, 27, 28, 34 and 36. 963 rooms in Alligator Bayou are equipped with trundle beds. You may request a trundle room for an extra $15 per night. The trundle beds make this section an economical alternative for families of five. The trundle bed is not large enough for an adult but will fit a child. Magnolia Bend features 4 large plantation-style mansion buildings – Acadian House, Magnolia Terrace, Oak Manor and Parterre Place. Smoking is permitted in Acadian House and Oak Manor. RECREATION AT PORT ORLEANS RIVERSIDE Ol’ Man Island – Riverside’s main pool is an old-fashoned swimming hole located on an island surrounded by the Sassagoula River. There’s also the Muddy Rivers Pool Bar if you want to sit on the porch with a drink. There’s also a large playground. Quiet Pools: Riverside has five quiet pools. Fishin’ Hole: Cast your rod and reel it in at the stocked fishing hole. You can rent a cane pole and catch catfish, perch, bass and bluegill in the pond. There’s a catch-and-release policy so you’ll have to throw ‘em back. You can also book a fishing excursion on the Sassagoula River. Bring your rod and tackle, or rent them. Arcade: The Medicine Show Arcade is located just off the main lobby. Marina: Rent a pontoon boat or water mouse and take a ride down the Sassagoula River. Guests at Port Orleans French Quarter must use the Riverside marina for boat rentals. Here is where you can catch the Downtown Disney shuttle boat.